Posted 9 years ago
This is an original 1935 Thurston stone lithograph window card from my private collection of Magic posters. This window card depicting Howard Thurston's levitation Illusion is titled, "Astounding Mysteries" or sometimes referred to as "She Floats" and was one of Thurston's last posters ever to be printed. This window card is an advertising piece of history as it was actually used to advertise the show that still took place in Durham.....only not as planned.
On October 6th 1935, just days before his scheduled Durham, N.C. show advertised here, Magician Howard Thurston went across the street to a local restaurant opposite of the theatre where he had just finished rehearsing and suffered a stroke. He had already had posters printed for his performance in Durham, North Carolina later that month. The dates of Oct. 21 and 22 were already locked in and the show did not go on as planned. Jane Thurston did perform as back up for her step father along with able stage hand Herman Hansen, but Howard Thurston, "The Greatest Magician in the World", would never perform again! Howard Thurston died shortly after in 1936.
The B&W picture above shows Howard Thurston and step daughter Jane after his stroke.